Ariel Juana is a double bass and voice duo collaboration between Ariel Zamonsky and Juana Pires Rafael. Their music merges aspects of several styles, aiming to acknowledge these genres and their cultural background while providing an accessible and current approach through songs that address modern life issues.
Ariel Juana comes to life in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the beginning of 2016. Months later the project was granted Concerts SA Mobility fund, taking them on their first nationwide tour around South Africa. At the end of 2018 they obtained the funds again, touring regionally between Tanzania, Eswatini and South Africa.
In July 2020, their work "Certain songs for uncertain times", presented at the National Arts Festival was awarded the "Standard Bank Ovation Award".
To date, they have collaborated with countless musicians including the Argentine pianist Hernán Lugano, and great South African musicians like Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize and Reza Khota.